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Ervin Staub: Passivity of bystanders in genocide and mass killing

and generating active bystandership

Date of Lecture: November 5, 2012

Ervin StaubAbout the Speaker: Ervin Staub is Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founding director of its Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence. He has worked in the field to develop training programs after the Rodney King riots, Hurricane Katrina, and in Rwanda, and served as an expert witness in the Abu Ghraib trials.

About the Talk: Professor Staub talks about why some bystanders have taken a passive role in genocide and other acts of violence perpetrated around the world, how passive bystandership helps to affirm the perpetrators' acts, and ways to promote active bystandership both on a local and a global scale. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology with support from Peace and Conflict Studies and from the McFarland Center's Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

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